Monday, October 2, 2017

Kosher Scach

Kosher Scach
Day: Monday
Date: October 2, 2017
Parshat: Vizot Haberacha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 629

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In order for something to considered Kosher for use as scach on the Succah it needs to meet three conditions.
1. It has to have grown from the ground.
2. It needs to currently be detached from the ground.
3. It cannot be susceptible to becoming tameh.
Therefore, one cannot use as scach anything made out of metal, leather, or even plastic since these have not grown from the ground. Vines and branches cannot be used unless they have been cut from their source. Fruits, utensils and furniture, even furniture made from wood, cannot be used either since they are susceptible to becoming tameh. Plants who's leaves are used whole as spices are considered to be food and cannot be used either. What may be used is any branches or sticks of wood or leaves that are no longer attached to their source. It is unclear whether plants grown in a planter are considered to have grown from the ground in this case and therefore such branches should not be used as scach while still attached to their source. Once they have been detached however, they may be used.

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